Are the Lakers Losing Los Angeles?

LOS ANGELES — If you were an alien who had only recently touched down in Los Angeles, you'd probably think this was a Clippers town and not the Lakers' kingdom.

The abundance of Angelenos adorned in Clippers garb might point you in that direction. So, too, might the light-post signs around downtown L.A. touting the Clippers' impending playoff push.

But nothing would be a more convincing tip than what's happened inside the Staples Center, where the Clippers have vanquished the Lakers a franchise-record seven times running—by an average of 24.6 points per game. 

The Lakers' latest losses to the Clippers, in a home-and-home set in early April, also registered as the 56th and 57th defeats of the former's dismal 2014-15 campaign. No Purple-and-Gold squad has ever suffered so mightily, dating back to the franchise's roots in Minneapolis.

The previous high? A whopping 55 losses, set last season under Mike D'Antoni.

Despite what the Lakers' recent struggles suggest, Los Angeles has long belonged to the Purple and Gold. The Lakers own a 98-39 edge in the head-to-head matchup, a 16-0 advantage in championships and a 24-year head start to their residence in the City of Angels over the Clippers.

Clearly, though, the times they are a-changin', particularly for the Clippers.

In 2013, the Clippers claimed their first Pacific Division championship. In 2014, they set a franchise record with 57 wins. This year, they'll make their fourth straight playoff appearance—the longest streak this team has ever seen, be it in Buffalo, San Diego or L.A.

Might the simultaneous rise of one franchise and fall of the other be enough to change this town's colors from purple and gold to red, white and blue? 

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